Six Stanford affiliates receive Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Six Stanford affiliates are among this year’s recipients of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, including three recent alumni and three incoming graduate students.

The fellowship is awarded annually to 30 outstanding immigrants and children of immigrants who receive $90,000 for two years of graduate school at any U.S. university. This year’s Soros Fellows were selected from among 2,211 applicants – the program’s most competitive year to date.

Stanford-affiliated recipients are alums Akhil Iyer, Jason Ku Wang and Sherman Leung and incoming students Pooja Reddy, Eric Sun and Connie Liu.

The merit-based fellowship was established in 1997 by Hungarian immigrants and philanthropists Paul and Daisy Soros. Since then, the program has grown to a community of 655 scholars from 89 countries. Soros Fellows have pursued careers in medicine, science, law, policy, technology, business, government, nonprofits, the arts and academia, among other sectors.

Members of the 2020 cohort are all the children of immigrants, green card holders, naturalized citizens, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients or visa holders who graduated from both high school and college in the United States.

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